Ajay Jain

Studying CS & AI at MIT
HackMIT organizer
Fan of the outdoors

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Memories of HackMIT 2016


On September 17th and 18th, 1000 college hackers traveled to MIT’s campus for an eagerly anticipated HackMIT 2016 from around the world — from Boston to Jamaica to Guwahati, India.

As our team ramps up for our next event, Blueprint, we wanted to reflect on what makes a hackathon special for its attendees. 2015’s theme was experimentation. That year, we debuted a new mentor queue system (HELPq), revamped our judging model (through Gavel), and held a series of educational talks and workshops leading up to the hackathon for the local community.

This time, we focused on engagement: helping hackers get the most possible out of the event alongside building awesome hacks. We’re excited about the results!

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Setting up the Robot Operating System (ROS Hydro)

I followed http://wiki.ros.org/hydro/Installation/Ubuntu to set up the latest Robot Operating System (ROS Hydro) on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal).

 Remove existing ROS versions (probably optional):  
sudo apt-get remove ros-*

 Setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org. ROS Hydro ONLY supports Precise, Quantal, and Raring for debian packages. If you aren't using Quantal, just replace 'quantal' with 'precise' or 'raring':
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu quantal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

 Set up keys:
wget http://packages.ros.org/ros.key -O - | sudo apt-key add -

 Update Debian package index:
sudo apt-get update

 Install ROS Hydro Full Desktop Installation:
sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-desktop-full

 Initialize rosdep:
sudo rosdep init
rosdep update

 Add rosinstall tool
sudo apt-get install python-rosinstall

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